Work crews hose down dusty rubble piles at Emmons Street site as winds gust today.
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Pandora Carlucci, of the Franklin School Department, asked if there had been a study done of downtown needs. Partnership members said although there had been no comprehensive assessment, there has been some discussion of the types of businesses the downtown might welcome. They noted, for example, that there was no longer a place to get breakfast within that zone.
Partnership member Roberta Trahan said now is the time to promote economic development in the downtown.
"The streetscape project is going to be done - there will be no more excuses," she said.
The appearance of downtown will also be changing in a way beyond the street project, partnership members noted. The former municipal building on Emmons Street will likely be torn down in the next few weeks to make way for a new commercial building.
That property will also eventually contain a small park, with a statue of Franklin native Horace Mann in its center.
Partnership members asked when two-way traffic would start in the center of town. Tavalone said the traffic pattern would probably take effect in early summer, noting that there would be an effort made to inform drivers about the changes.
"Before we start the new pattern, we'll have the contractor bring in new message boards," he said. "We can also bring in extra detail officers."
Roberta Trahan, of the partnership, said those involved in the project had been great about communicating progress on the project.
"You've all been so reasonable about keeping people informed," she said.
This is the second year of the two-year project, which has been in the planning for some time. It is hoped to revitalize the downtown area by rebuilding the roads and changing the traffic flow there.
The Franklin Historical Museum will celebrate the town's 238th birthday on Sunday March 6th with cake and coffee in the museum library. Stop by for a slice of cake, have a look around and learn a little bit more about your town's history.
Did you know that our town was originally to be called Exeter? In the original draft of the town's charter, the name throughout the document was Exeter. But on the day that the town was to be incorporated, our founding fathers with familiar names such as Fisher, Metcalf, Lethbridge, Whiting, Hawes and Boyd were inspired to cross out the name Exeter and claim the name Franklin. But why the change?
In Blakes' History of Franklin, written at the time of the town's centennial, Blake speculated: "It will be remembered that Benjamin Franklin, with two others, had been sent to France immediately upon the Declaration of Independence in 1776 to negotiate a treaty of recognition and alliance.' The news finally arrived on the shores of this newly formed country that "on the 6th of January Louis XVI entered into a treaty of amity and commerce with the colonies."
The news was welcomed and celebrated and as a tribute to the popular statesman and diplomat the gentlemen from the 'Westerly Precinct of Wrentham' promptly changed the name on the application of incorporation to Franklin. Many other States have since honored Benjamin Franklin in the same way, but we are of course, the first.
Join us this weekend and be among the first to experience our new monthly feature, the Item of the Month! Each month we will spotlight a different item from our collection that we hope will be interesting, intriguing and will encourage our visitors to learn something new. The March Item of the Month is an 18th century 'calash'. Not sure what it is? Come on in and find out.
The museum is open Saturdays 10:00AM-1:00PM and Sundays 1:00PM-4:00PM. We are located at 80 West Central Street and we are handicap accessible.
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